Koninklijke Philips Electronics, N.V. has applied for a patent for a CPR coaching device to be used in conjunction with, among other things, their defibrillator products.
While there have been other combination CPR coaching and feedback devices available for some time, namely integrated into the AED line from ZOLL Medical Corporation as well as a stand-alone product, the Philips patent application shows their device to have some advanced capability. Specifically, it coaches the rescuer via voice prompts to “press “harder” or “softer” or “faster” or “slower,” during the chest compression phase of CPR.
ZOLL’s “Real CPR Help®” is integrated into their single-piece electrode system (like in the AED Plus) while the Philips patent graphic shows what appears to be a separate device or module.
It’s clear the importance of properly performed and effective CPR isn’t lost on AED manufacturers as more integrate CPR coaching and/or feedback into their devices.